Texas Whitewater
Natural History
6 x 9, 263 pp.
118 b&w photos., 84 maps.
Pub Date: 09/07/2004
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Price:        $14.95

978-1-58544-383-3
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Texas Whitewater

By Steve Daniel

When paddlers think of whitewater, they rarely think of Texas. But author Steve Daniel has spent years kayaking both recognized and little-known streams and now provides a whitewater guide for those who seek adventure in the Lone Star state.

In Texas Whitewater Daniel describes more than seventy whitewater rivers and creeks ranging from multi-day stretches to play spots for surfing or practicing squirt moves on eddy lines. Each description includes a map and an overview of the location, gradient, drainage, and difficulty of the run. Eighty-five eye-catching photographs highlight whitewater features and showcase some of the state's best boaters at play. Daniel also provides information on access, legal navigability, and safety issues.

The guide is arranged according to river drainages: Trinity, Brazos, Colorado, Guadalupe-San Antonio-Nueces, and Rio Grande. Drawing on his experiences and that of other whitewater enthusiasts, Daniel offers a detailed and entertaining account of rivers and creeks with the greatest prospects for whitewater, encouraging paddlers to lesser-known runs. He includes tips on obtaining information on water levels via the Internet and stream flow data locations. Also included is the first published legal summary on the navigability of state waterways, prepared by Texas Assistant Attorney General Joe Riddell.

Well-written and informative, Texas Whitewater is sure to

become the "`bible' for paddlers and for those coming to visit and explore" the state.

Steve Daniel has spent more than eighteen years kayaking challenging rivers and creeks throughout the United States and Mexico. For the last fifteen years he has sought out the best whitewater paddling opportunities Texas has to offer. When he is not on the river, he teaches philosophy at Texas A&M University.

What Readers Are Saying:

‘Texas Whitewater’ may sound like an oxymoron, but the 48-year-old Daniel, an A&M philosophy professor by day, provides a flood of information about the sport, technical data like streamflow statistics, and of course, an impressive number of rivers and streams where new and experienced paddlers can ride the rapids . . .” --Texas Monthly

“The state’s most adventurous paddlers finally have a guide worthy of their ambitions in Steve Daniel’s vade mecum the hairiest ledges, holes, pourovers, and hydraulics in Texas. Not a book for the timid or tube-bound . . .” --The Austin Chronicle

“If you hear someone say, “There’s no heavy whitewater in Texas!” recommend Steve Daniel’s new book, Texas Whitewater. . . . Daniel offers an entertaining and tightly written book. Our family will keep it on a book-shelf . . .” --Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine

“If you find yourself there anyway with the time to do some paddling, then you definitely should have a copy of Texas Whitewater with you.” --Coastal Canoists Club Newsletter

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